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Track and Field/Cross Country to Offer Numerous Camps and Clinics

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Beth Alford-Sullivan

Oct. 10, 2011

High School Coaches' Clinic Get Acrobat Reader

USATF Officials’ Training Clinic Get Acrobat Reader

Day and Summer Camps Get Acrobat Reader

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.: October 10, 2011 - Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Beth Alford-Sullivanand the Nittany Lion track and field and cross country programs are pleased to present a series of clinics and camps over the coming months, including opportunities for middle and high school athletes, coaches, and officials. All opportunities will feature direct instruction from the Penn State coaching staff, as well as sessions at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, which is widely considered one of the best indoor facilities in the country.

Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country Day Camps

When: December 4, and December 18, 2011

Where: Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track (Indoor Multi-Sport Facility)

Who Should Attend: The Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country Day Camps are designed for boys and girls ages 10 to 18. Parents are welcome to observe at no charge. The focus of these camps are to teach the basic fundamentals of running, jumping, and throwing techniques, as well as basic plyometrics and drills that are typically used in track and field training. Both clinics will run from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Please note - Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer instruction in the pole vault. Vaulters are encouraged to atttend our regular summer camps.)

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Penn State/USATF Officials' Clinic

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where: Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track (Indoor Multi-Sport Facility)

Who Should Attend: Penn State University, their Track & Field Coaches, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of USATF Officials Committee announce a training clinic for those interested in becoming certified USATF track & field officials. It is open for those with no or little experience in officiating, or even those that might want to hone their skills. The clinicians will be master level officials with extensive experience at all levels of track & field officiating and will be offering hands-on training at various venues within the Ashenfelter Indoor Track. The clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m., and last approximately three hours. The clinic will be followed by working at the Penn State Blue White Intrasquad track meet. At the completion of the clinic materials will be available to apply for certification as a USATF Association level official.

Costs: There is no cost for the clinic and the application fee for certification of $65 covers the remainder of the 2009-2012 Olympiad and the 2013-2016 Olympiad. Membership in USATF is required for certification and will provide liability insurance as an official. Membership is $30.00/year. Bringing these fees to the clinic will facilitate the certification process.
For More Information: Contact Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Operations Jess Riden at 814.863.2120 or

Penn State High School Coaches' Clinic
When: Friday, January 20, 2012

Where: Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track (Indoor Multi-Sport Facility)
Who Should Attend: Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State's track and field coaches are pleased to invite you and your staff to our Track and Field Coaches Clinic. The clinic will offer extensive lessons from our outstanding coaching staff in all aspects of track and field, with a special segment devoted to coaching student athletes in the pole vault event, and pole-vaulting safety considerations. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and join us for an evening of track and field camaraderie.
Pennsylvania Act 48: Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that this program fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48. By attending this entire program, you can earn 4 contact hours toward fulfilling Act 48.
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Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country Summer Camps
When: July 8-11, and July 15-18, 2012
Where: Penn State University (Campers will be stay in East Halls, but use multiple facilities around campus.)
Who Should Attend: Penn State Track and Field Camp and Cross-Country Camp help develop skills and techniques for track and field, and cross country. They are learning camps -- not training camps. Participants take part in drills, attend lectures and demonstrations, and use visual aids for each event, including the decathlon and heptathlon. Other aspects of competition -- nutrition, rest, relaxation, and general health -- are also part of the daily training. Because performance levels of campers may vary from beginner to advanced, instruction is individualized to accommodate that range. The camp is recommended for students entering grades 7-12 next fall.
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